are very good friends of mine. We’ve known each other since our kids were in pre-school together, and we’ve been studying Tang Soo Do at the same studio for years now. Josh and Carmen are also visual artists, and while I don’t know as much about the medium as I’d like, I know enough to recognize the power of their work. If you have a few moments, take a look at Josh’s work here, and Carmen’s work here.
The Fisherman just won the Bram Stoker Award!
Needless to say, I am gobsmacked, and possibly stupefied. I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony, but Ellen Datlow was gracious enough to accept the award on my behalf and read these remarks:
As you know, Bob, at some point this summer (honest!), my third collection, Sefira and Other Betrayals, will be published by the fine folks at Hippocampus Press. For the third time, the incredible Santiago Caruso has provided the cover image for me:
I know, right?
I’m working away at both the new stories for the collection, plus the story notes. Seeing this image makes me want to work faster.
This coming Saturday, I’ll be heading down to Westchester to take part in my first Lunacon. Here’s what I’m scheduled for:
10:00am Hudson The Plausible Implausible: Many of the staples of our genre are impossible – FTL, magic, psychic powers… the list is endless. How do we make it seem plausible? What makes them work in a novel without becoming the author’s deus ex machina?
11:00am Dutchess Reading
7:00pm Sleepy Hollow Children Are Afraid of Monsters: Children Are Afraid of Monsters, but it’s Worse to Be One. How do you write about a monster? How do you write a really scary monster??? We discuss going into the depths of fear, and what it takes to survive.
I’m looking forward to seeing some cool cats including Nick Kaufmann, Karen Heuler, Chandler Klang Smith, and Rick Bowes. If you’re at the con, please say hello.
“I’m thrilled and humbled that the voters have selected The Fisherman as Novel of the Year. To have been nominated alongside the other novels in this category was already an honor, and the ballot as a whole is a reminder of the talent flourishing in the horror field. I’m grateful to everyone who sat down with my book and gave it a chance, and I’m thankful to everyone who cast a vote for it. The Fisherman owes its publication to Ross Lockhart, for which, many, many thanks. It owes its composition to my lovely wife, Fiona, for which all, all of my love.”
It’s a terrific slate of winners; congratulations to Victor LaValle, Livia Llewellyn, Mike Davis, Ross Lockhart, and everyone else!